If everything works out as planned, Minnesota State - Mankato pole vaulter Katelin Rains will successfully defend her NCAA Division II pole vault title before a field house full of hometown fans this coming March.
MSU - Mankato officials announced yesterday that the school will host the next NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships. The event is scheduled for March 14-15, 2008 in Myers Field House.
“We are very excited to host the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Minnesota State University, Mankato," Mankato women's track and field coach Jen Blue said in a media release. "Myers Field House is a fantastic indoor track and field facility and we’re looking forward to welcoming student-athletes and coaches from all over the country to our campus and our community."
The event will be the first NCAA track championship organized by MSU - Mankato. Since 2000, the meet has been hosted by Stonehill College and held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
“I’m looking forward to hosting on our campus some of the greatest track and field athletes in the country,” Mankato men’s coach Mark Schuck added. “This is a great opportunity to showcase our track and field program and facilities, the University and the greater Mankato, North Mankato area."
Lots of Nearby National Action in 2007-2008 ... The announcement adds another important meet to the area for the coming season. St. Olaf College hosts the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships this fall and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa hosts the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in June of 2008.
Note: A special news tip shout-out goes to my wife Carrie for this story. She caught the news on the radio while doing geological field work in the Mankato area.